Although connections to the router via Ethernet are in most devices, many of us choose to connect them via WiFi as well. This technology is tremendously comfortable, and has evolved so much that, although it is not as secure and stable as cable, the truth is that it is not very far away. The latest standard of this, known as WiFi 6, represents a very big leap in quality compared to the previous one, and if you do not know if your devices are compatible we tell you how to find out.
Something that we have to take into account before we start to see if our device is compatible with WiFi 6 is if our router offers us this possibility. The operators are now beginning to offer these devices, but if you have one at home that is several years old, it is very likely that you do not have WiFi 6 in your home.
These are the devices compatible with WiFi 6
Manufacturers of smartphones and other devices are well aware that the average user cares about being able to browse and download data as quickly as possible. For this reason, there are already many products that reach the market with a label of «Compatible con WiFi 6» o WiFi 6 Certified«, so if your device has one of these two labels or similar, you will know first-hand that it is compatible with this technology.
This tag can also be in the device box or even in the user manual if it was in the box (many models no longer have it). In the event that this is not your case, the easiest option will be to search the Internet for the technical data sheet of your specific model, and see if one of these two labels appears in the connectivity part.
It may also happen that the manufacturer chooses not to include these labels, but to bet on the technical nomenclature that WiFi 6 has. This nomenclature comes from the Wi-Fi Alliance, but it is much more complicated to understand. As with the example in the following image, it should appear in the connectivity part of the technical sheet 802.11axwhich is the nomenclature of WiFi 6. If 802.11ac appears you will only have access to WiFi 5.
What if I have an older device?
Technology, in general, tends to limit connectivity between older and newer devices. It may happen that you have a brand new router with WiFi 6 at home, but your mobile device or tablet is a little older. If you have verified, as we have explained above, that your device remains in the 802.11ac standard (or earlier), don’t worry, since you can continue to use WiFi as normal.
WiFi 6 allows the connection of all kinds of devices, obviously including those that are not compatible with this new standard. Of course, you must bear in mind that although you will be able to use your WiFi in a completely normal way, you will not be able to enjoy the advantages of this new standard. These advantages are higher connection speed, more stability for it and fewer interferencesjust to mention the most important ones.